Four Wildcats Signees Tabbed for McDonald's Game

Kentucky has record 20 signees to play in high school All-Star game since Calipari’s arrival

LEXINGTON, Ky. – All four of Kentucky’s fall signees for the 2014 men’s basketball season have been selected to participate in the McDonald’s All-America game it was announced Wednesday evening. Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns and Tyler Ulis were selected to the All-Star game slated for April 2 in the United Center in Chicago.

With all four of UK’s signees earning selection to the McDonald’s game, Kentucky now has 20 players named to the prestigious high school event during the John Calipari era. North Carolina is second with 15 players tabbed to the game.

Towns was selected to the East squad, while Booker, Lyles and Ulis will suit up for the West team. The game will air live on ESPN at  9:30 p.m. ET on April 2.

Booker, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Moss Point, Miss., was named Mississippi’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior in 2012-13, averaging 29.7 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game. Booker is rated No. 18 in the 2014 ESPN 100, No. 30 in the Rivals 150 and No. 31 according to Scout.

A 6-10 forward from Indianapolis, Ind., Lyles averaged 17.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 blocks en route to being named Indianapolis City Player of the Year for a second consecutive year as a junior at Arsenal Technical High School. Playing for Team Canada in the 2013 U19 World Championships, Lyles averaged 20.3 points per game.

Towns, a 7-0 forward from St. Joseph’s in Metuchen, N.J., was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012-13. Averaging 21.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game, Towns was named First Team All-State and Player of the Year by The Star-Ledger in New Jersey. Entering his senior year, Towns has led his St. Joseph’s team to two consecutive state championships in New Jersey.

Ulis is a 5-8 point guard from Chicago Heights, Ill., who averaged 21.9 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game as a junior for Marian Catholic. Ulis is ranked 29th nationally by Scout and 33rd by Rivals and ESPN. The latest in a line of highly ranked point guards to sign with Kentucky under Coach Calipari, Ulis ranks as the No. 4 point guard in the country by ESPN and No. 6 at his position according to Scout.

Kentucky has signed 40 total McDonald’s All-Americans, including 20 under Calipari since the McDonald’s All-America team began in 1977 with the first game featuring the top players in the nation first played in 1978.

Former and current Wildcats who played in the McDonald’s All-America game previously during Calipari’s tenure include: DeMarcus Cousins (2009), Anthony Davis (2011), Archie Goodwin (2012), Aaron Harrison (2013), Andrew Harrison (2013), Dakari Johnson (2013), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2011), Terrence Jones (2010), Brandon Knight (2010), Doron Lamb (2010), Marcus Lee (2013), Alex Poythress (2012), Julius Randle (2013), Marquis Teague (2011), Kyle Wiltjer (2011), and James Young (2013).

Cats Need To Steal A Win On The Road This Week

(Today’s NCAA Coaches Salaries vs. Old School Salaries)

By – Ira D. Combs

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.

www.combsbrothersonkysports.com

 

The conventional wisdom of most all prognosticators even those supposed astute minds that predicted a 40 – 0 UK season ( who now know how smart they really are ) still had circled the following five games ( Michigan St. – at North Carolina – Louisville – at Florida – at Missouri ) as definite possibilities of busting the 40 – 0 party .  Now that we know the outcome of the first three of those five games and that Baylor and Arkansas have also spoiled the 40 – 0 party plans even more devastating the Cats have their backs against the wall with the fine folks who select the 68 teams for the NCAA tournament and set the seeds for all those teams .

 

In laymen’s terms the Cats need to steal a win or maybe two on the road and then run the table at home to get back into the # 2 seed discussion and some people associated with the inner circles of college basketball believe that hole is to deep to dig out of and the Cats need to set their sights on a more realistic goal of a # 3 seed . Regardless of your opinion it’s pretty obvious they need to steal a win on the road .

 

This week in my opinion are the two best opportunities to steal them and make some noise with the pollsters in doing so . Tuesday the Cats head to Baton Rouge , La. for a (9:00 o’clock tip-off on ESPN) and then Saturday the Cats visit Missouri for a (1:00 o’clock tip-off on CBS ) . Granted these two teams aren’t carrying the punch everyone around college basketball thought they would but still a couple w’s this week for the Cats can open some eyes across college basketball as to how this team has developed over the last few weeks and that it is gaining some momentum heading down the stretch toward the post season . Plus a couple convincing wins this week along with a little help from some other teams falling on hard times could pole vault UK back into top 10 status .

 

Since were discussing the NCAA tourney and seeds we may as well go to the only educated source on the matter and that would be the ESPN guru of Bracketology Joe Lunardi himself . Lunardi has been uncanny in recent years with a lot of his final predictions and of course he’s been off base on occasion as well . Going into this past weekend’s play Lunardi had Coach Cal’s Cats as a somewhat surprising  # 2 seed a bit high at this point in the season with 4 losses on the Cats resume in my humble opinion .

 

Still this week may be as important of a two game road swing as there is left on the Cats schedule .

 

Today’s Value of NCAA Coaches Salaries vs. Old School Value

 

I stumbled upon some interesting tidbits this past week listening to some of my favorite sports talk shows and surfing the net while cramped up indoors with all this crappy weather the Commonwealth has had to deal with . One interesting item I stumbled upon was NCAA basketball coaches salaries . Let’s just say I’m wondering if today’s university athletic departments are getting the bang for their buck as compared to what the old school guys were giving their school’s  during their era .

 

First of all I know there is a 40 plus year time warp involved since John Wooden won his 11consecutive championships but wait till you see the numbers I’ve uncovered before you draw any conclusions .

 

Let’s start with today’s supposed elite or top 5 coaches both in salary and success . Remember though that even the meager so called bottom dweller coaches of the low level Div. 1 programs  will make  in the neighborhood of $100,000.00 to $150,000.00 .

 

According to  a website referred to as The Richest and it’s lead columnist Nitin Rhandari the top five richest college basketball coaches are as follows and these are annual salaries by the way that each coach is currently under with their respective school :

 

# 1 – Mike Krzyzewski – Duke  7.2 million   ( Four NCAA titles )

# 2 – John Calipari – Kentucky  5.0 million  ( I Elite 8 / 2 Final Four / 1 NCAA title going into his 5th year at UK )

# 3 – Rick Pitino – Louisville  4.9 million  ( 2 NCAA titles / I at UK and 1 at U of L )

# 4 – Bill Self – Kansas  4.9 million   ( 1 NCAA title / 1 runner-up )

# 5 – Billy Donovan – 3.7 million   ( Two NCAA titles )

 

Based on information given out by Denny Crum on the Joe B. and Denny show last thursday and just a friendly reminder that Crum was an assistant for UCLA’s longtime icon John Wooden , the “Wizard of Westwood” received a salary the year he won his 11th consecutive NCAA championship  of ……….. $32,000.00 .

 

I’d say the Bruins got a good bang for their buck even if it was in the old school era !!!!!!!!!!!

 Team Notes and Stats To Date

As of the beginning of this week the top 9 players in Coach Cal’s rotation are putting up the following statistics per game riding a 15 – 4 record going into the LSU game :

Julius Randle – 16.6 ppg / 10.4 rpg ; James Young – 14.4 ppg / 4.2 rpg ; Aaron Harrison – 13.7 ppg / 41 assists ; Andrew Harrison – 11.1 ppg. / 68 assists ; Willie Cauley – Stein – 8.0 ppg / 6.8 rpg ; Alex Poythress – 6.7 ppg / 5.5 rpg ; Dakari Johnson – 4.0 ppg. / 3.2 ; Marcus Lee – 2;9 ppg / 1.6 rpg ; Dominique Hawkins – 1.2 ppg / 11 assists .

UK Hoops Respond to Loss With High Energy, Defeating Arkansas

 

By: Tyrus York

 

All has not been good in the world of Matthew Mitchell and UK Hoops after a disappointing start to the SEC schedule at 3-3, capped off by a stunning loss to Alabama at home on Thursday.

The Wildcats only had 2 full days of practice to right the ship before hosting Arkansas on Sunday, but it would appear that the coaches and players made use of that time very well.

#9/8 Kentucky (16-4, 4-3) handled business Sunday defeating Arkansas (15-5, 2-5) by a deceiving score of 68-58.

This game was extremely close throughout and required Kentucky to play at a level of energy that had been lacking at times during conference play.

Jennifer O’Neill grabbed the reins and led the team with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Starting for only the second time all season, O’Neill started the game with 13 points early in the first half to help set a high energy tone for her team.

Fellow point guard Janee Thompson kept that energy going pouring in 13 points of her own.   She also managed to swipe 3 steals from the Razorbacks to keep Kentucky’s trademark ball pressure alive.

Bria Goss was another top performer for the Cats as she scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.  Goss and O’Neill combined for 12 rebounds, each matching Azia Bishop’s total of 6 rebounds as well.

But therein may lay the problem that Matthew Mitchell is dealing with.  His post players at the beginning of the season were as dominate that maybe UK Hoops had ever seen.  Since conference play began, things have changed for the bigs down low.

Samarie Walker seemed to give good effort at times, but managed only two points on 1-5 shooting, missing several baskets very close to the rim.  Walker was able to maintain some productivity by grabbing 4 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal.

Since returning from a knee injury (that Matthew Mitchell insists is 100%) Denisha Stallworth has struggled.  Against the Razorbacks she saw only 10 minutes of action, and scored only 3 points on 1-3 shooting.

That leaves Jelleah Sydney and Azia Bishop to give the Cats some spark down low, which they did against the Razorbacks.

The recipe for success under Matthew Mitchell has always been extreme effort on defense to pressure the ball which leads to many easy baskets.

The guard play against Arkansas was the difference in the game as Kentucky was able to get back to that style of basketball.

Kentucky only managed to turn Arkansas over 16 times Sunday, but they were able to finally start wearing down a team down the stretch.

Coach Mitchell cautions that they’re not out of the woods yet.  His playing time philosophy has changed and will likely remain the rest of the season, simply rewarding those that play the hardest in practice with the most playing time.

As he calls it, “no more Mr. Nice guy”.

UK Hoops returns to action on Thursday night when they travel to Georgia.  They will return home on Sunday to face LSU at noon.

Balanced Attack Leads Kentucky Over Georgia

By: Tyrus York

The weather outside may have convinced many that it would be a sparse crowd in Rupp Arena on Saturday, but 23,367 dedicated Cats fans braved the cold and snow to see their beloved Wildcats dismantle a hot Georgia team 79-54. #14 Kentucky (15-4, 5-1) used a balanced attack to thwart the Bulldog’s (10-8, 4-2) attempt at upsetting another SEC team on the road. Four Wildcats ended

Alex Poythress goes up against Georgia. Photo by Michael Huang
Alex Poythress goes up against Georgia. Photo by Michael Huang

up in double figures in the scoring column while 2 more had 7 and 8 points respectively. Aaron Harrison led the way with a very calm team high 15 points. Aaron did it by neglecting the three point shot, attempting only 2 and missing both.

Julius Randle added 14 points and 9 rebounds, narrowly missing out on yet another double-double. Randle continued to improve with the ball in his hands by dishing 3 assists. That was compared to his 3 turnovers for the game. James Young continued to show that he is a major scoring threat on this team adding 13 points, while Alex Poythress had another very impressive game with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

The truth of the matter was that Georgia simply wasn’t very good. Part of that reason was the fact that they were missing their 2nd  leading scorer in Kenny Gaines who was a late scratch in this game due to an injury. The Bulldogs were also without freshman guard Juwan Parker, depleting the backcourt even more. Some may look at Georgia’s inability to execute, especially with their injuries and say that this win for Kentucky is a wash. For starters, Kentucky can’t control what happens to the players of another team. All they can control is what they do themselves.

The stat line tells a good story for the Cats, despite the opponent. 16 assists to 11 turnovers (compared to Georgia’s 9 assists to 20 turnovers) is a continuing sign that Andrew Harrison continues to improve in his role to lead the team. Andrew finished with 7 points, 5 assists and 3 turnovers. Willie Cauley-Stein had drawn some extra attention over the last several games for somewhat disappearing on the court. After what Cal said was a great few days of practice for Willie, he came out and exerted his will on both ends of the floor. WCS finished the game with 8 points and 3 rebounds, but his main impact was defensively, nabbing 6 steals and swatting 6 blocks. Kentucky shot an even 50% from the field to Georgia’s 32.7%, which led to the Bulldogs having a slight advantage on the boards, 35-32. However Kentucky would dominate points in the paint 36-24 and notched 1 more three pointer than the Bulldogs to take that advantage.

Kentucky will hit the road for the next two games, games that will be a pivotal point of the schedule as they near the halfway point in conference play. It’s Tiger week for Kentucky in the SEC when they play the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, LA on Tuesday night at 9pm on ESPN. They will then be in Columbia, Missouri on Saturday to take on the Missouri Tigers in one of the toughest road tests of the season.

An Early Look at Louisville’s 2014 Football Schedule

With the Big East and the American Athletic Conference behind, the University of Louisville football

team can now turn its attention to the 2014 football season as a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The biggest knock against the Cardinals in the past was their strength of schedule. Even the most die- hard Cardinal fans could only go so far in debating the schedule versus other top teams. The 2013

season was the most classic example. Even if the Cardinals would have gone undefeated, it would have

taken a miracle to have played for a national championship. The schedule included teams such as Ohio,

Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Florida International, Memphis, Temple, South Florida, and Connecticut.

None of those teams were changing the NCAA landscape last season.

The 2014 season will provide Louisville the opportunity to prove they belong in the same group with the

big boys of college football. There are several marquee games next season with the first one kicking off

the season. They open in a rematch against Miami in a Labor Day showdown at Papa John’s Cardinal

Stadium. Miami will be looking for revenge against a team that dominated them in the Russell Athletic

Bowl 36 – 9.

Their first big road game will come when the travel to New York to face Syracuse in a Friday night game

on October 3. Louisville has always faced a challenge versus Syracuse on the road. Syracuse is coming

off a 7 – 6 season including a win against Minnesota in the Texas Bowl.

Louisville’s biggest road matchup will come Saturday, October 11 when they travel to Memorial Stadium

to face the Clemson Tigers. This will be a matchup of two of the more exciting offenses in college

football. Clemson finished ninth in average points per game in 2013 with 40.2.

The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles will invade Cardinal Stadium in a Thursday

night matchup on October 30. The Seminoles, with their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Jameis

Winston, should come into the 2014 season as the number one team in the country and may just be

that when this game rolls around.

Louisville fans will get a chance to travel to iconic Notre Dame when the Cardinals face off against the

Fighting Irish on November 22. Not only will this be an important matchup, but it will give the fans a

chance to visit one of the most iconic places in all of college football.

Finally, the last game of the season will be at home against in-state rival Kentucky. This will mark the

first time Louisville will play Kentucky the final game of the season during “Rivalry Week”. The Wildcats

are coming off a dismal 2 – 10 season and would love nothing more than to beat the Cardinals to close

out the season. Whether you like it or not, this game will be as intense as ever.

“As a head coach, this is the type of schedule you want to play each year,” head coach Bobby Petrino

said. “To open the season against a high-profile opponent like Miami on Labor Day is every exciting, as

we officially begin play in the ACC. It’s a very challenging schedule, but one that our fans and players can

be really excited about.”

Louisville fans have been hoping for the opportunity to face a more daunting schedule. They have finally

gotten their wish. Now it is time to see how the Cardinals measure up to a top-notch schedule.

Louisville Continues Hot Streak, Dismantles South Florida 86 – 47

The No. 12 ranked Louisville Cardinals had to change their flight plans yesterday to get out of the ice

cold weather of Louisville. They flew into Tampa on a hot streak and left even hotter as they dismantled

the South Florida Bulls 86 – 47.

Louisville won their fourth consecutive game with hot shooting and stifling defense. The Cardinals shot

a blistering 52.2 percent from three point range making 12 of 23. They were 30 of 59 overall for 50.8

percent. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was once again excited about his team’s performance. “We have

now played four really good games in a row and our interior play is improving…” Pitino stated.

Wayne Blackshear came off of the bench for his third straight game to lead five Cardinal double figure

scorers with 16 points. He is averaging 16 points on 65.4 percent shooting over the past three games off

of the bench. He has been on fire from three point range shooting 64.3 percent on 9 of 14 shooting.

Blackshear looks more comfortable than ever in a Cardinal uniform coming off of the bench. He has

been much more confident with the ball in his hands and he has not been afraid to shoot the ball.

Defense has been the main issue with Blackshear. Foul trouble limited him in the early part of the

season. However, the past three games he has only committed six total fouls and has averaged 4.3

rebounds.

The Cardinals imposed their will early on and never let up the entire game. Their defensive pressure

never let up as they scored 35 points off of 23 South Florida turnovers. Louisville once again took care

of the ball committing only 10 turnovers. South Florida was held to 36.4 percent shooting overall and

made only 1 of their 8 three point shots.

Montrezl Harrell continues to improve each game as he had another double-double with 14 points

and 10 rebounds. His low post play over the past five games has been a much needed boost for the

Cardinals. He has four double-doubles in his past five games.

The Cardinals get eight days off until their next matchup against Cincinnati in the KFC Yum Center.

This is a huge matchup between the top two teams in the American Athletic Conference. The home

crowd will be strong as this will be the last matchup in the Yum Center between these two long-time

conference rivals.

Louisville guard Chris Jones is expected to return to the lineup against Cincinnati after missing the last

three games with an injury. It will be interesting to see if Pitino puts him back in the starting lineup or

brings him off the bench. Freshman Terry Rozier has played well in his absence and Louisville’s team

chemistry has never been better this season.

When asked about Chris Jones’ return to the lineup Pitino stated, “We play well with Chris as well. It’s

just that Terry understands Russ. Peyton understands Russ. Chris doesn’t totally understand Russ and

that’s what he has got to get.”

The truth is that Chris Jones is a vital part of the Louisville basketball team whether he starts or is

coming off of the bench. The Cardinals are on a roll. It is time to see if it can continue.

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  ~Irish Proverb

 

We know that a good night’s sleep does wonders for both our mood and our energy level.  However, for some, that deep, restful sleep is elusive. Some have trouble falling asleep, watching the clock and anxiously calculating how much sleep they will get if they fall asleep now. Anxiety builds with each passing hour, making sleep even less likely.

Others fall asleep all right, but then find themselves waking a few hours later, finding it impossible to get back to sleep. They too worry about how little sleep they are getting, and how tired they will be the next day.

There are some things that can be done to increase the chances of a good sleep. These include eliminating caffeine (all day, not just in the evening), not doing mentally stimulating activities before bed, not watching television right up until bedtime, doing something relaxing such as a warm bath, yoga or meditation in the hour before going to bed.

It is also wise to park your worries at the door, before entering the bedroom at night. Lying in bed worrying or thinking about all you must do the next day is not conducive to drifting off.

The key element to a good night’s sleep is being relaxed. If you have ever fallen asleep on a beach you will recall that as a very deep sleep. The warm sun, fresh air and the sound of the waves induces a deep state of relaxation, so the body surrenders completely and sleep takes over.

Our busy lives make it less likely that we will be in a relaxed state when our head hits the pillow. We can train ourselves to associate sleep with relaxation. We can also learn to turn off our minds, take deep cleansing breaths, and to relax the individual muscles throughout the body. These are ways to ease ourselves into sleep.
If the stresses of life have caused us to forget how to sleep, it makes sense that we might have to teach ourselves how to do it. This is a much healthier approach than taking sleep medication, for medications may cause one to sleep, but without learning to do the relaxing things that are good not just for sleep, but for our overall wellbeing in general.

 

 

 

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

Cheerleaders Claim 20th National Title; Dance Team Finishes Fifth

UK wins 15th national championship in 20 years

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Only for the Kentucky cheerleading team can one season without a national championship feel like a drought.

Last year, the cheerleaders were named runners-up to Memphis. On Sunday, UK returned to its familiar perch atop the world of college cheerleading.

“When you finally hear second place called and then they call first place, it’s a lot of emotion, a lot of joy,” Jomo Thompson said via cell phone. “We just feel vindicated, especially after coming in second place last year. We wanted to make sure we got back to the top and we did that.”

UK won an unprecedented 20th national title at the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla., finishing ahead of second-place UCF. UK has now won an incredible 15 championships since 1995, only being dethroned five times during that span.

“I’m just fortunate to have been a part of this program for so long and I love UK,” said Thompson, the former UK cheerleader who has won eight national titles in his 12 years as head coach. “I love UK cheerleading. I’m just glad I’m here to experience it with the kids. We strive every day to be the best. It’s just a great thing that we’ve won so many times. It just speaks to the history and the tradition of winning and be the best.”

The UCA’s official Twitter account described the winning routine as both starting and finishing strong. Thompson saw much of the same, saying UK’s finals routine was even better than a solid one in Saturday’s preliminary round.

“I think they just really seized the opportunity,” Thompson said. “They didn’t let down. They didn’t take anything for granted. They just did a really good job of going out there and executing and bringing home number 20.”

The championship is the culmination of a year of hard work. UK didn’t drastically alter the formula that has led to so much past success, but a seven-member senior class was intent on going out the right way. Thompson said those veterans played an instrumental role in setting the tone for UK’s training.

“We just told the kids, ‘You want to make sure that you’re giving a hundred percent every time, even in practice, because you get one shot, one opportunity,’ ” Thompson said. “So you want to experience as many as things that can go wrong, encounter all those things in practice so if something like that happens at nationals, you’re ready for it. I thought they did a great job this year getting themselves prepared.”

The UK dance team also competed this weekend, turning in an impressive performance in the Division IA Hip Hop finals. UK came in fifth, an improvement from last year’s sixth-place finish. Head coach Dawn Walters reported the team posted a score of 93.2, its best ever.

“The girls had a lot of confidence today when we went out to perform,” Walters said. “They really went out there and had energy and excitement and the whole arena really went crazy when they were up there. Our degree of difficulty was higher this year than last year and we had a lot of group tricks. I think their confidence was the biggest thing this year.”

Harrell Leads Cardinals to Big Road Win Over Connecticut

The 18th ranked Louisville Cardinals came in to Saturday night’s game in Storrs against the unranked Connecticut Huskies in need of a signature win.  They accomplished that feat in a very tough and sometimes hostile Gampel Pavilion beating the Huskies 76 – 64.

Montrezl Harrell played perhaps his best game of the season getting his 4th double-double of the season.  Harrell scored 18 points, grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots.  Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been telling his young sophomore to play with more confidence.  Harrell took him to task hitting two 15 foot jumpers and a couple of hook shots in the post.

“I’m more comfortable.  It’s about getting reps up…different things to improve my game and improve my team”, Harrell said.

Two matchups were spoken about leading up to the game.  The matchup between UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier and Louisville senior guard Russ Smith.  That matchup lived up to its billing as Napier scored 30 points and Smith 23 points.  The other matchup was Deandre Daniels and Harrell.  Daniels got in early foul trouble and never got into the flow of the game.  He finished with only 3 points and 4 rebounds.

Perhaps the most significant improvement in Louisville’s game was their ability to rebound the ball.  Louisville outrebounded UConn 45 to 30.  They won the rebounding battle for the second consecutive game.  “Every time we outrebound our opponents, we win 95 percent of our games”, said Pitino.

It has only been two games since Louisville’s loss to long-time rival Memphis, but you can sense the “unbridled enthusiasm” Pitino has asked his team to show.  This enthusiasm was on full display against the Huskies as the Cardinals trailed only once.  The team’s communication was better on offense and defense.

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie was ejected from the game with 13:02 left in the second half for arguing a no-call with a referee.  Wayne Blackshear made contact with Niels Giffey in front of the UConn bench and no foul was called.  Ollie went ballistic over the no-call and ran down the sideline to protest the call.  He was given his first technical for running down the sideline and the second for coming on to the court to protest the call.

Louisville made only two of the four technical free throws, but UConn was never able to get back in the game.  Louisville answered every UConn run to win its second consecutive game.

Louisville improved to 16 – 3 overall and 5 – 1 in the AAC.  UConn fell to 14 – 4 overall and 2 – 3 in the AAC.

Louisville returns to action Wednesday at 7:00 as they travel to South Florida to face the Bulls in an AAC matchup.

Andrew Harrison Leads Cats Over Vols

By: Tyrus York – Before Saturday, Andrew Harrison had never had a 20 point game. But when the Vols came to town, he poured in 26 against a strong, defensively sound Tennessee Volunteer team to lead the #12/13 Wildcats to a 74-66 victory.

Andrew Harrison lead a balanced attack against Tennessee
Andrew Harrison lead a balanced attack against Tennessee

Tennessee came into Rupp Arena knowing that they had to keep Kentucky off the glass for a chance to win.  They accomplished that goal, winning the rebounding battle 39-24, and by dominating the offensive glass 20-7.

But it was the guard play of the Harrison twins, especially Andrew who notched his career high that catapulted the Wildcats to victory.  Aaron was very impressive as well, adding 14 points of his own.

Julius Randle entered beast mode in the first half after Kentucky got off to another slow start.  The Vols took an early 6-0 lead before Randle answered with Kentucky’s first 5 points of the game.  Randle would go on to finish the half with 16 points, and the game with 18 total.

To give you an idea of just how dominant Tennessee was in the paint, Randle collected only 2 rebounds for the entire game. The Vols also outscored Kentucky in the paint 38-26.

Johnson would finish the game tied with Aaron Harrison for a team high 4 rebounds.  He also contributed 4 points, but his effectiveness won’t show up in the box score.  The telling stat for Johnson were his 16 minutes of action, nearly equaling Willie Cauley-Stein’s 19.

Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes turned in a great performance in this game, going for a double-double in the first half, eventually finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds.  Stokes along with Maymon were too much for the Cats in the paint for a majority of the game, but Kentucky found a way to win despite losing in every way down low.

After trailing most of the first half, a James Young 3 put Kentucky up by 2 just before halftime.  Kentucky briefly lost that lead in the second half before stretching out to an 11 point lead to never look back.  Struggling to get anything going in the paint, Kentucky was able to knock down crucial jumpers, including 7-16 from the 3 point line to get things rolling and get the “W”.

It would be a crime to not mention maybe the most surprising stat of the game, and that was Kentucky’s 23-24 from the foul line.  The 95.8% clip is the best percentage the Cats have produced all season from the charity stripe.  Be sure to listen to Coach Cal’s comments after the game to learn the secret of the dramatic turnaround.

For the first time since 1953 these two teams will only be meeting 1 time in the regular season, meaning there will be no rematch in Knoxville.

Kentucky will be back in action on Tuesday night at 9pm as they take on a surprising Texas A&M team in Rupp Arena.